The strange web of Baltimore City Hall ethics
The city’s law office issued an opinion this week supporting a notion offered by Mayor Sheila Dixon’s defense attorneys. They say she was under no requirement to disclose gifts from developers doing business with the city because in part because the Ethics Commission didn’t keep a properly certified list of those companies.
The law department letter said that a database the Ethic Commission has used to determine business doing with the city does not conform with rules, and therefore does not count as a list.
Curious to us is the author of that letter.
It came from the desk of Donald R. Huskey, the deputy city solicitor. As our colleague Annie Linskey notes, he also is the law department’s appointee to the five member Ethics Commission.
So a high-level official in a department controlled by Dixon is now opining that another panel on which he serves has not been following the rules for years. Huskey must have had quite a time putting that argument together.
Others on the ethics board include the chair Dana P. Moore a senior attorney at Venable LLC and Alexander Chambers, a City College teacher and the necessary Republican member. There are two vacancies.
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